Starwood Land Ventures, the developer of SouthField, is looking to solve four main problems to keep the project on the road to success.
Matthew Barry, a local vice president at Starwood, said their proposed legislation would solve all four of those issues.
He said they will solve the water and sewer issues themselves. “We will ask the state to solve the Parkway issues for us and the state will solve the widening of Route 18 for us,” he added.
Lastly, Starwood needs to work with the towns to have consistent municipal services provided by the towns.
“All three towns do an excellent job at that,” Barry said. He added that if all four of the solutions occur, they can be successful.
However, Barry said that the state will not move forward with the Parkway and Route 18 expansion until the water and wastewater issue is solved. According to Barry, the solution could cost the company as much as $40 million. Starwood has been working with three different firms to determine the best course of action. They have not selected a firm at this point in time.
Barry said water and wastewater capacity at SouthField has been an issue from the beginning. “The ability to develop past 1,000 residential units is stopping without a permanent solution for water and wastewater,” he said.
Barry also recognized that the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation has publicly stated that they do not have the ability to fund sewer and water. He said that most of the members acknowledged the overall need for change.